Three pages from STER magazine, dated 17 September 1965. On page 22 is an article about Joseph Manca and the Eoan Group in Afrikaans, and on page 23 is a full-page photo of two principal actors in the opera 'La Traviata'. The title, which runs across pages 22 and 23 is 'Nou Fabriekswerker ... Vanaand Operaster', which translates to 'Now Factory Worker, Tonight Opera Star'. On page 24-25 is a double-page spread of photos from the Eoan Group's performance of the opera 'La Traviata', with captions and the rest of the article. Sylvia Boyes first auditioned for the Eoan Group in 1958-59, and was part of the Eoan Group chorus from 1966.
Sylvia Boyes (a South African-born orphan) and Lindsay Motherwell (a Melbourne-born drummer) met in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967 through their theatre connections. They fell in love but due to apartheid laws were forced to leave South Africa to marry in London. They subsequently relocated permanently to Melbourne in 1970.
Three pages from STER magazine. Page 21 is an advertisement for Daydawn. On page 22 is an article about Joseph Manca and the Eoan Group in Afrikaans, and on page 23 is a full-page photo of two principal actors in La Traviata. The title, which goes across pages 22 and 23 is "NOU FABRIEKSWERKER | ... VANAAND OPERASTER". On page 24-25 is a double-page spread of photos from the Eoan Group's performance of La Traviata, with captions and the rest of the article on the bottom right. Page 26 is a cigarette advertisement, pages 59-61 are an advertisement for Julie Matrose clothing and page 62 is an advertisement for childrens bedroom furnishings.
Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection provides a significant opportunity to represent political and personal freedom as a motivation for migrating to Australia within the international context of both apartheid in South Africa and the end of the White Australia policy in Australia. The personal narrative is well documented and the objects provide a material way to follow the lives of both Lindsay and Sylvia, both separately and where they coincide in South Africa and onwards together to Melbourne. While this is ultimately a love story, it plays out through the collection against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa, sixties London and an increasingly multicultural Australia.
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
270 mm (Width), 341 mm (Height)
Overall Dimensions - Open
538 (Width), 341 (Height)